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Famous Birthdays on October 23

Marcus Agrippa

63 BC Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Roman general (Battle of Actium) (or 64 BC), born in an uncertain location but possibly in Arpino, Istria or Asisium (d. 12 BC)

  • 1491 Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish-Basque nobleman, priest, and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) religious order, born in Azpeitia, Spain (d. 1556)
  • 1516 Charlotte of Valois, Princess of France as second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude, born in Château d'Amboise, France (d. 1524)
  • 1543 Juan de la Cueva, Spanish dramatist, born in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1612)
  • 1634 Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden by marriage to Charles X Gustav of Sweden (1654-60) (d. 1715)
  • 1654 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1712)
  • 1698 Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French court architect (Palace de la Concorde), born in Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1705 Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1757)
  • 1713 Pieter Burman the Younger, Dutch philologist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1778)
  • 1715 Peter II Alexeyevich, Tsar of Russia (1727-30), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1730)
  • 1762 Samuel Morey, American inventor (early internal combustion engines and was a pioneer in steamships), born in Hebron, Connecticut (d. 1843)
  • 1766 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French general and marshal, born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • 1767 Benjamin Constant [de Rebeque], French politician and writer (Adolphe), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1830)
  • 1771 Jean-Andoche Junot, French general under Napoleon, born in Bussy-le-Grand, France (d. 1813)
  • 1773 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, born in Masserano, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1832)
  • 1790 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman (d. 1860)
  • 1794 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Kollmitzberg, Austria (d. 1838)
  • 1796 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1857)
  • 1797 John Jacob Rochussen, Dutch governor-general of Dutch-Indies (1845-51), born in Etten, Batavian Republic (d. 1871)
  • 1801 (Gustav) Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1805 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Nachsommer)
  • 1805 John Russell Bartlett, American linguist (d. 1886)
  • 1810 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, born in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies (d. 1848)

Ludwig Leichhardt

1813 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of inland Australia, born in Trebatsch, Prussia (d. c. 1848)

  • 1815 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (d. 1889)
  • 1817 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • 1819 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), born in Beverly, Massachusetts, (d. 1858)
  • 1820 James Monroe Goggin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • 1824 Thomas Gamble Pitcher, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Rockport, Indiana (d. 1895)
  • 1828 Turner Ashby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1835 Adlai Stevenson I, American politician (D), 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893-97), born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1914)
  • 1844 Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), born in Walmer, Kent (d. 1930)
  • 1846 Alexander Arkhangelsky, Russian composer, born in Penza, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1851 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, born In Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1852 Jean-Louis Forain, French impressionist etcher and lithographer, born in Reims, France (d 1931)
  • 1865 Neltje Blanchan, American nature writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1918)
  • 1868 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • 1869 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)

John Heisman

1869 John Heisman, American football coach (legalised forward pass, originated the center-snap; Heisman Trophy named after him), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

  • 1870 Francis Kelley, Catholic Bishop of Oklahoma (d. 1948)
  • 1873 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (modern x-ray tube), born in Hudson, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1875 Gilbert N. Lewis, American chemist (theory of covalent bonding), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Franz Schlegelberger, German judge and politician (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (Banjo, David Copperfield, Invisible Man), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Lawren Harris, Canadian landscape painter, born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec (d. 1961)
  • 1892 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American actor and comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1893 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Ernest Julius Öpik, Kunda, Estonian Astronomer and Astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos
  • 1894 Rube Bressler, American baseball player, born in Coder, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1896 André Lévêque, French engineer, born in Beauvais, France (d. 1930)
  • 1899 Lilyan Tashman, American actress (Millie, Bulldog Drummond), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1900 Douglas Jardine, English cricketer (England's Bodyline captain), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), born in Grossetto, Italy; (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1903 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, Georgian conductor and composer (Bol’shoy Theatre, 1931-62), born in Tblisi (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Felix Bloch, Swiss-American nuclear physicist (1st Director of CERN, Nobel Prize for Physics 1952), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1906 Miriam Gideon, American composer, born in Greeley, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Sally O'Neil, American actress (Beggar's Holiday, Moth), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1990
  • 1909 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, born in Balta, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1914 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American football tackle and coach (Brooklyn (NFL), 1938-44; Navy (AAFC), 1945; NY Yankees (NFL), 1946-7), born in Pelahatchie, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Dick Durrance, American skier, born in Tarpon Springs, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Robert Bray, American actor (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West), born in Kalispell, Montana (d. 1983)
  • 1918 James Daly, American actor (Medical Center, Planet of the Apes), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, born in Bursa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), born in McAlister, New Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1921 İlhan Usmanbaş, Turkish contemporary classical composer, born in Constantinople (now İstanbul), Turkey
  • 1921 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus)
  • 1921 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Stuart Sloan, British war hero and pilot, born in Whitecraig, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Frank Sutton, American actor (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1923 Ned Rorem, American composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1923 Harold P. Warren, American film director (Manos: The Hands of Fate), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1985)

Johnny Carson

1925 Johnny Carson, American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), born in Corning, Iowa (d. 2005)

  • 1925 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer and conductor ("Never On A Sunday"), born in Xanthi, Greece (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Nanni Loy, Italian film director (The Four Days of Naples), born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Edward Kienholz, American sculptor (Roxy), born in Fairfield, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil), born in Radom, Poland (d. 2009)
  • 1927 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Bella Darvi [Bajla Węgier], Polish actress (The Egyptian, Hell and High Water, Racers), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1971)
  • 1928 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, born in Albion, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)

Jim Bunning

1931 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9 x MLB All Star; perfect game 1964; no-hitter 1958; Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies) and politician (Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)

  • 1932 Dimitra Arliss [Arlys], American actress (Rich Man Poor Man II, The Sting), born in Lorain, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Vasily Belov, Russian author, poet and playwright (Business as Usual, Everything's Ahead), born in Northern Krai, USSR (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Tom Dewdney, West Indian cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1934 Lewis Merenstein, American record producer (Miriam Makeba; Van Morrison's Astral Weeks; Glass Harp), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer (Senior Tournament Players C'ship 1986, PGA Senior C'ship 1987), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1935 Zbigniew Rudzinski, Polish composer (Mannequins), born in Czechowice, Poland
  • 1936 Barry Sinclair, New Zealand cricket batsman (21 Tests, 3 x 100s; Wellington CA), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1936 Philip Kaufman, American director (Right Stuff, Henry & June), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1938 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1938 Jordan Christopher, American actor (Secrets of Midland Heights), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1939 Charlie Foxx, American soul songwriter, guitarist, and singer ("Mockingbird"), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter ("Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Leader of the Pack"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross The Mersey"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)

Pele

1940 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games), born in Três Corações, Brazil

  • 1941 Colin Milburn, English cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short), born in Burnopfield, England (d. 1990)
  • 1941 Igor Smirnov, Transnistrian politician, President of breakaway region of Moldova, born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Soviet Union
  • 1941 Mel Winkler, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), born in Littlehampton, West Sussex (d. 2007) [1]

Michael Crichton

1942 Michael Crichton, American novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker) and filmmaker (Jurassic Park, ER), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

  • 1943 Billy Talbot, American singer-songwriter and bassist (Crazy Horse), born in New York City
  • 1944 Warren Burton, American actor (Jason Dunlap-Another World, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Kim Larsen, Danish rock singer ("In the Middle of the Night"), born in Copenhagen (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Ernie Watts, American jazz, R&B, and pop session and touring soprano and tenor saxophonist (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Carole King; Frank Zappa; The Rolling Stones), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1946 Gerda Havertong, Surinam-Dutch singer and actress (Sesame Street), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1946 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1946 Mel Martinez, American politician (Senator-R-Florida 2005-9), born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba
  • 1947 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Hermann Hauser, Austrian-born entrepreneur (Acorn Computers), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1948 Brian Ross, American Emmy and Peabody Award television journalist (NBC, 1974-94; ABC, 1994-2019), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1949 Nick Tosches, American writer (bio of Jerry Lee Lewis), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1949 John Leckie, British audio engineer and record producer (XTC; Muse; Stone Roses; Radiohead), born in Paddington, London, England
  • 1949 Tony Wright, British graphic artist and album cover designer ( Traffic - "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"; Steve Winwood - "Arc Of A Diver"; The B-52's), born in London, England
  • 1950 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • 1951 Michael Rupert, American actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1951 Charly García, Argentine singer (Sui Generis, Serú Girán), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1951 Fatmir Sejdiu, Kosovar politician, First President of Kosovo (2006-10), born in Pakashticë, Yugoslavia
  • 1952 Pierre Moerlen, French rock-jazz fusion drummer and percussionist (Gong: Mike Oldfield), born in Colmar, France (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Pauline Black [Belinda Magnus], English ska singer (Selecter -"On My Radio"), born in Romford, East London

Ang Lee

1954 Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), born in Chaochou, Pingtung, Republic of China

  • 1955 Toshio Hosokawa, Japanese composer (Circulating Ocean), born in Hiroshima
  • 1956 Betsy Nagelsen, American tennis player, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1956 Darrell Pace, American archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1956 Dwight Yoakam, American country singer-songwriter ("Honky Tonk Man"), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1957 Paul Kagame, Rwandan leader, head of Rwandan Patriotic Front, President of Rwanda (2000-), born in Tambwe, Ruanda-Urundi
  • 1958 Michael Eric Dyson, American activist, professor, author, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1958 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Weird Al Yankovic

1959 "Weird" Al Yankovic, American accordionist and parody singer-songwriter ("Eat It"; "Another One Rides The Bus"), and actor (UHF; Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

  • 1959 Sam Raimi, American filmmaker and actor (Spiderman trilogy, Evil Dead series), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1960 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist (3x 500cc World Champion), born in Downey, California
  • 1960 Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author
  • 1961 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer (Speak), born in Potsdam, New York
  • 1961 Don and Ron Harris, American professional wrestlers
  • 1961 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer (Barcelona), born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 1962 Beatie Edney, English actress (Diary of a Mad Old Man), born in London, England
  • 1962 Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis player, born in Uitenhage, South Africa
  • 1962 Daria Scagliola, Italian-Dutch photographer (vuurtorenpostzegels)
  • 1962 Mike Tomczak, *American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Calumet City, Illinois
  • 1963 David Bedard, Canadian springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1964 Robert Trujillo, American musician and songwriter (Metallica), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965 Al Leiter, American pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets), born in Toms River, New Jersey
  • 1965 Augusten Burroughs [Christopher Richter Robison], American writer (Running with Scissors), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver who raced with prosthetic limbs, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1967 Jaime Yzaga, Peruvian tennis star, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1967 Dale Crover, American musician (Melvins, The Men of Porn, Altamont)
  • 1968 Bettina Fulco Villella, Argentinian tennis star (1993 Futures), born in Mar Del Plata, Argentina
  • 1968 Kevin Henry, american NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • 1969 Brooke Theiss, American actress (Wendy-Just the 10 of Us, Good & Evil), born in California
  • 1969 Sanjay Gupta, American neurosurgeon and medical reporter (CNN), born in Novi, Michigan
  • 1970 Grant Imahara, American TV Mythbuster, born in Lod Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1972 Richard McNamara, British guitarist, songwriter and producer (Embrace), born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1973 Blaine McElmurry, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Helena, Montana
  • 1973 Shawn Wooden, American free safety (Miami Dolphins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Malaika Arora, Indian TV host, dancer and actress, born in Thane, India
  • 1974 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974 Dani Tyler, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Kaleena Kiff, American actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974 Sander Westerveld, Dutch soccer coach and player (FC Twente), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1974 Derek Landy, Irish author (Skulduggery Pleasant series), born in Lusk, Ireland
  • 1975 Keith Van Horn, American NBA forward, 1997-2006 (New Jersey Nets, and 4 other teams), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1975 Odalys García, Cuban actress (Lente Loco), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1975 Jessicka [Jessica Fodera], American goth-rock, alt-pop singer-songwriter and artist, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1976 Cat Deeley, English TV presetner, model and television personality (SMTV Live), born in West Bromwich, England
  • 1976 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor ( The Proposal; Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978 Steve Harmison, English cricketer, born in Ashington, England
  • 1978 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer and TV host (Soccer AM), born in East Ham, England
  • 1978 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer, born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • 1979 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer (Fulham), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • 1979 Jorge Solís, Mexican boxer (WBA Super Featherweight title 2010), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1979 Prabhas, Indian actor (Mirchi), born in Madras, India
  • 1980 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player, born in Fantino, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver, born in Heemstede, Netherlands
  • 1983 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer, born in Kenourgio, Greece
  • 1983 Josh Strickland, American entertainer, born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1984 Izabel Goulart, Brazilian model (Victoria's Secret), born in ão Carlos, Brazil
  • 1984 Meghan McCain, American columnist, author, and TV host, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1985 James Kotecki, American political blogger, born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1985 Miguel [Pimentel], American R&B singer ("Kaleidoscope Dream"), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1986 Jessica Stroup, American Actress (90210), born in Anderson, South Carolina

Emilia Clarke

1986 Emilia Clarke, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in London, England

  • 1987 Faye [Hamlin], Swedish pop singer ("Play"), born in Stockholm
  • 1987 Seo In-Guk, South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (The Master's Sun), born in Ulsan, South Korea